Reduced Power Tungsten Guide Rod Fits G43/43X/48
Ratings & Reviews
Here's the DOPE.
by Gary H.
Here's the DOPE on the " Reduced power Tungsten guide rod". The spring weight is a little lighter, remember it can not be too much less or the gun will not function properly.
The weight of the Tungsten guide rod assembly is 31.3 grams, (1.10 oz.). Equal to 2 - 165 grain .40 S&W cartridges. OR a hair less than 3 - 115 grain 9mm cartridges.
The weight of the OEM rod is 12.2 grams, ( .43 oz.). Equal to 1 - 124 grain 9mm JHP cartridges.
So there it is, in black and white.
Not just for the weight.
by Gary H.
I got this "G43 Reduced Power Tungsten Guide Rod", for my G48. The G48 is already 2 oz heavier then the G43X, and all of that 2oz is in the muzzle of the gun. So I didn't really need the extra weight.
I bought it because the OEM guide rod looks so flimsy, and mine looked like it was bent on the end. This one is solid, and three times as heavy. I choose the reduced power spring, because I am already 67 years old, and plan on having this gun for the rest of my life.
It works great, The G48 was already easier to rack then my S&W shield 9, 2.0, ( not the EZ ), now it is even easier then it was.
Great Balance and Functionality
Installing this made a significant improvement with the muzzle rise and snap. It also improved my accuracy and timing on rapid shots. This also helped make it easier to lock the slide back and show clear.